EDDIE HOWE admitted rock-bottom Newcastle will struggle to attract players in January.
The mega rich Saudi-owned Magpies desperately need reinforcements to avoid relegation.
Howe will be given around £50million to spend, but, six points off safety, he knows how hard it will be to land signings without an immediate upturn.
Toon’s new boss dismissed talkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor’s claim that 'players don’t want to live in Newcastle….they want to be close to London'.
But he said: “I’ve heard from everyone how nice the area is to live in.
“We’ll have no problem attracting players to Newcastle for a whole host of reasons. I don’t think that’s going to be an issue.
“What is an issue is our league position in attracting players in January.
“It’s very difficult to make any promises in the sense that we will definitely spend money and sign players.
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“You have to attract players, they have to want to come and they have to be the right players to improve the squad.
“That is why January is an incredibly difficult window to recruit players in, especially when your league position is difficult.
“I can’t make any promises on that but I can promise that the people above me, the owners, will support the team and me in trying to achieve what we need.
“But we can’t focus on that yet.
"We are going to have the group of players we have until January – we need to get more out of them and help them in every way we can.
“I still believe we have the players we need to get results.”
Newcastle are still on the lookout for a director of football to oversee recruitment, but an appointment now looks unlikely to be made before the new year.
Ex-Chelsea chief Michael Emenalo remains the frontrunner.
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And Howe added: “It's something I know that the club is looking at and when they believe they've identified the right people, that will happen.
“But, at this moment in time, I'm happy working in the way that we are, focusing on the team of players and focusing on the training pitch.
“I'm sure everything else, in time, will take care of itself."
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